All posts tagged: declutter

Before and After: A Laundry Room Reveal

Do you ever look at “before and after” pictures and think to yourself that the ‘before’ couldn’t really have been THAT awful.  That something must have been done to make the space look worse in the ‘before’ picture so that the ‘after’ would seem really dramatic? I can assure you that was not the case in my laundry room. It really was this bad all by itself. With a pretty useless corner. And minimal storage. Open wire shelving, a shower curtain rod to hang clothes from and a dingy plywood counter top did not a pretty picture make. It was not a nice place to be. Space was really an issue and our laundry room had an odd area of dead space.  A 2×2 foot corner that was drywalled in and completely empty inside. Four feet may not seem like much, but in a tiny space like this it can make a huge difference.  Many of my neighbors with this same weird dead space had turned the area into shelves or coat closets.  I decided …

Before and After: A Happy Home Office

There’s really not much “before” to show in this room.  Just a very blah, small bedroom that was a toy dumping ground and hamster bedroom when we first moved into our house 4 years ago. When I started working from home, this seemed like the perfect spot for my  office.  My house is generally pretty neutral, but I wanted this room to be more fun and colorful – a really happy place to be. Here’s the space before. Awful, I know! But I knew this little nook had great potential as the perfect spot for a desk.  It’s a wonderful, sunny spot for work now. To help fill the space above the desk I sprayed the frames of some thrift shop cork boards white and covered the cork with handmade paper found at Luckett’s Store, an awesome, funky antique shop with lots of vintage treasures. Kitchen spice holders from Ikea (attached to a magnetic knife holder) are great for keeping small items contained and helping keep the desktop clear. These jade calendar blocks were always on my …

Color(s) of the year

After going on and on about beige recently in this post, I thought maybe it was time for a little chat about color. Have you heard about the color of the year,  Pantone’s “Radiant Orchid”? And it is really quite radiant!  Not for wallflowers.  This bold shade of purple really stands out. Could you picture a whole room full? How about a piece of furniture? Personally, if nothing else I could definitely live with this – and love it! If you’re not familiar with Pantone, they do make paint, but they are also know as the global authority on color.  Their ‘color of the year’ selection is used by many consumer manufacturing companies to guide their designs for future products. So be on the lookout for “Radiant Orchid”.  I’m starting to notice it all over the place! Sherwin Williams has their own color of the year called “Exclusive Plum”. Still in the purple family, but a bit more sophisticated, lots more gray. It makes quite a statement in this space. And plum is lovely here …

Do I really need to Stage my home?

So you plan to put your house on the market this year and think spring is the best time to do it.   Guess what; so does everyone else.   With the Real Estate market on an upswing (finally) don’t you think your house should stand out from the rest?  Of course you do, it just makes sense. Ask yourself this: As a buyer, would you rather buy the house that reeks of strange smells and is so cluttered that you can’t see the floor?  Would you prefer the house that has grungy carpet and dirty bathrooms?  Do you want the house with neon colored bedrooms that you’ll have to repaint as soon as you move in? Or a home that’s clean, decluttered, welcoming and a neutral palette where your furnishings will look beautiful? If you chose the clean, decluttered and welcoming home, you can bet that’s the one that other buyers will choose too. So yes, you really do need to Stage your home before you sell. But where do I start? Now that …

So what is “Interior Redesign” Anyway?

We’ve been thinking about blogging for a long time now here at Staged for Style.  After spending lots of time “thinking” about it (procrastinating) we’ve decided to finally take the plunge! During all of the time I’ve personally spent “thinking” about blogging,  one of the topics that kept popping into my head was the idea of “Redesign” and what it really means.  Redesign is near and dear to us at Staged for Style.   A large chunk of our business is actually what I would classify as redesign. We use the word a lot! I think of redesigning a room as very much like cleaning out your closet.  You don’t throw everything out and start over, you use what you have and make the most of it.  A good closet clean out should go something like this: Step 1. Take everything out. Step 2. Analyze each and every item using these questions:  Does it fit?  Do I love it?  Do I wear it?  Do I have more than one of it, or more than I …